A Bangladeshi national has been hanged in Kuwait alongside six others including a member of the royal family. They were convicted of offences ranging from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and rape, Reuters reported citing a state news agency, KUNA.
According to media reports, the executions were carried out at Kuwait’s central prison on Wednesday but the Bangladeshi was not named in any news agency. The Bangladeshi was hanged on for abduction and rape, Al Jazeera reported.
Sheikh Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a prince in the ruling Al-Sabah family, was hanged for “premeditated murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license” in what appeared to be the first execution of a member of the royal family in the Gulf state.
The prince was sentenced to death in 2010 for killing his nephew, another prince, according to Kuwaiti newspapers. There was also a woman, Nusra al-Enezi, among those executed.
She was found guilty of setting fire to a tent at her husband’s wedding as he married a second wife. At least 40 women and children were killed in the fire. The executions were the first in Kuwait since 2013 and come amid a rise in the use of the death penalty throughout the Gulf, according to human rights group Reprieve.
A few days ago, Bahrain, another Gulf kingdom, carried out its first executions since 2010